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Kemal Derviş

Kemal Derviş

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Kemal Derviş, a former minister of economic affairs of Turkey and administrator for the United Nations Development Programme, is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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  1. What Are the West’s Strategic Goals in the Ukraine War?
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    What Are the West’s Strategic Goals in the Ukraine War?

    Aug 24, 2022 Kemal Derviş thinks rich democracies’ stance toward Russia and the Global South will be key to shaping the future world order.

  2. Will Ukraine's Tragedy Spur UN Security Council Reform?
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    Will Ukraine's Tragedy Spur UN Security Council Reform?

    Mar 3, 2022 Kemal Derviş & José Antonio Ocampo argue that a mechanism for overturning permanent members’ vetoes would make the organization more effective.

  3. The Democratic Threat to Democracy
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    The Democratic Threat to Democracy

    Dec 31, 2021 Kemal Derviş argues that the shortest route to autocracy runs through illiberal majoritarianism, not Leninist vanguardism.

  4. Europe's Two Peace Missions
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    Europe's Two Peace Missions

    Nov 30, 2021 Kemal Derviş urges the European Union to act as a global standard-setter on climate change and dual-use technologies.

  5. Cautious Optimism on the Road to Glasgow
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    Cautious Optimism on the Road to Glasgow

    Oct 14, 2021 Kemal Derviş cautions against climate complacency in the run-up to the United Nations’ crucial COP26 summit.

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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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